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Liverpool end American tour with no victories after draw with Sporting CP

New York, Agencies | Updated : 25 July 2019, 11:52 AM
Liverpool did not win a single game in the tour of the USA as they were missing some key players. (Image credit: Liverpool FC Twitter)
Liverpool did not win a single game in the tour of the USA as they were missing some key players. (Image credit: Liverpool FC Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Liverpool did not win any of their three games in the USA.
    • Liverpool lost to Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund before drawing with Sporting CP.
    • Some of Liverpool's players were resting after the African Cup of Nations and Copa America.

Liverpool wrapped up their US tour with a 2-2 draw against Sporting CP as the English Premier side failed to win a game in their first trip abroad since being crowned European champs. Liverpool finished with no victories to show from their three-match stateside tour but did manage to salvage a tie against the reigning Portuguese champions at Yankee Stadium in New York. Marcus Wendel tied the game at 2-2 in the 53rd minute on Wednesday with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner after being set up by midfield star Bruno Fernandes.
     
Fernandes and Wendel also combined on the first goal of the game in the fourth minute for the 18-time Portuguese champs. Fernandes right-footed a seemingly harmless long shot that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet mishandled before it went into the net.
     
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored goals for the Reds who played all three exhibition contests in iconic American sports venues.
     
Jurgen Klopp's side was missing several of their top players, including forwards Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who were taking a break after competing in Copa America and African Cup of Nations. Goalkeeper Alisson also decided not to make the trip.
Liverpool came into the contest wondering how they managed to drop their first two games. They lost a 2-1 decision to Spanish club Sevilla on Sunday at Boston's Fenway Park, following a 3-2 defeat to Germany's Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium on Friday.
     
Sporting's Luciano Vietto had one of the best scoring chances of Wednesday's game but was stopped twice in a row from point-blank range by Mignolet just before the half. Teen sensation Sepp van den Berg made his exhibition debut for Liverpool in the Yankee Stadium showdown, as the 17-year-old Dutch defender came on in the 89th minute. Liverpool signed the teen over the summer from Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle. Liverpool will now head home to Merseyside before facing Napoli in Edinburgh this weekend and then depart for a training camp in Evian.

First Published: Thursday, July 25, 2019 11:52 AM
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